ABSTRACT:

I present a new reading of Toni Morrison's Home by viewing this novel through a cognitive lens. Drawing on findings in cognitive science and developmental psychology, I argue that Cee's “theory of mind” (aka “mind-reading” capacity) going awry is behind her tragic fate of being abandoned and suffering from physical and mental trauma. I also argue that her mind-reading proficiency improves thanks to the education from the community women by means of incorporating her into their intermental unit (to use the term introduced by Alan Palmer), thus forming a social mind. This essay aims to offer new interpretations of one of Toni Morrison's later novels, on the one hand, and to prove the explanatory power of cognitive approaches to literature, on the other hand.

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